Daily Harvest -- 5/24/2016
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse Daybreak for May 24, 2016
- Vietnam gives Obama reassurances on TPP, but FSIS blocks Vietnamese catfish from entering U.S.; Senate to vote on resolution to scrap USDA catfish inspection program; White House critical of Houe energy-water spending bill; meat production up.
Agri-Pulse: Bayer CEO talks up Monsanto acquisition
- Top officials of Bayer AG took to the phones today to explain why they believe acquiring Monsanto in a deal worth $62 billion would be good for shareholders, farmers and a growing world population.
Agri-Pulse: Proposed Bayer, Monsanto merger about a 'shared vision,' Bayer CEO says
- (Audio) Werner Baumann said the two companies’ strong suits complement one another.
The Hill: WH threatens to veto House energy and water spending bill
- The House will consider its $37.4 billion energy and water spending package for 2017 as early as Tuesday. The legislation is a bit smaller than the package the Senate passed earlier this month, but it contains a host of environmental policy riders likely to turn off many Democrats.
Durango Herald: Durango’s green energy numbers are not black and white
- On EPA’s list of Green Energy Partners, the city of Durango is shown as having a statistically impossible “103 percent green power.” Is that because the city is giving 110 percent?
Business Green: Dow resets clean energy targets after meeting 10-year goal in just 12 months
- One of the world's biggest consumers of energy, US chemicals giant Dow, has upped its green ambitions with new targets to source 750MW of clean energy by 2025, after the firm met its original target of 400MW in just one year.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Politico: Why the new nutrition labels won't work
- (Opinion) The idea of a label makes much more sense on paper than it does in real life. Consumers don’t really use nutrition labels to eat healthier because it’s too complicated to try and combine all of the information into one decision.
DTN: GMOs: Sugarbeets a Focus in Fight Over Food Ingredient Labels
- U.S. sugarbeet industry leaders question USDA's decision last week to increase sugar cane imports due to "uncertainty" surrounding GMO labeling issues. Industry representatives note the imports were needed more to deal with growing complications with sugar imports from Mexico.
The Atlantic: When the First Lady Goes, Will the Veggies Go, Too?
- The anti-obesity movement’s biggest champion is about to lose her unique bully pulpit.
Modern Farmer: A New Non-GMO Label Joins the Fray
- A Greener World—the folks behind the Animal Welfare Approved program, which certifies farms that adhere to strict codes for farm animal welfare, outdoor access, and sustainability—launched a new non-GMO certification program earlier this month called Certified Non-GE.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Bangkok Post: Multilateral trade agreements could weaken the world trading system, say WTO supporters
- Critics say such regional agreements pose a threat to multilateral trading system by discriminating against non-member countries, many of which are smaller and poorer.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minn. farmers warned not to plant Monsanto's latest Roundup soybeans
- The product was launched in U.S. and Canadian markets for the first time this year, but it has not been approved yet for sale in the European Union.
Bismarck Tribune: North Dakota farmers react to snafu over Xtend soybeans
- Delays in European Union approval of a new genetically modified soybean has caused some late confusion, some switch-outs for seed and counter-moves by seed suppliers.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Vanity Fair: Climate Change-Denier Donald Trump Is Worried Rising Seas Could Ruin His Golf Course
- The presumptive G.O.P. presidential nominee is trying to put up a massive sea wall to save one of his many golf resorts from the threat of rising sea levels. As reported by Politico, the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland filed a permit application for a wall nearly two miles in length to prevent further coastal erosion caused by rising sea levels.
CNSNews: U.S. Grants $5.5M to Protect 'At-Risk' Species Including Salamander and Mussel
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Friday that its States Wildlife Grants programs was giving more than $5.5 million in grants for projects to help protect species considered among the “most at-risk” in the country
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
ABC News (Tampa Bay): Tomato farm fined for labor violations
- The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Red Diamond Farms $1.4 million, claiming it shortchanged 380 American workers while paying more to foreign workers hired through the federal H-2A Program.
Santa Maria Times: ‘Farm Labor Camp’ Proposed for 600 Workers
- A “farm labor camp” capable of housing up to 600 workers under the federal H2-A program could be built near Santa Maria if the county Planning Commission approves a conditional use permit at its next meeting.
L.A. Times: Sanchez no-show at UFW convention is missed opportunity for California's U.S. Senate race
- The gathering appeared tailor-made for Attorney General Kamala Harris's top rival, Democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange, the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a union machinist who would have been one of few politicians at the event able to talk to the mostly Spanish-speaking crowd without the aid of a translator.
Agri-Pulse: NAWG selects Goule as new CEO
- Chandler Goule will take the reins at the National Association of Wheat Growers July 5. He has served as the National Farmers Union’s senior vice president of programs since 2014 and originally joined the NFU in 2009 as vice president of government relations.
Baltimore Sun: Ice Cream Trail helps boost agricultural tourism in Maryland
- People will travel miles and miles to sample fresh-off-the-farm ice cream and learn about the treat's origins.
MyCentralNebraska.com: Hagan Joins Natl. Corn Growers Assn. as Vice President of Communications
- “The NCGA’s new strategic plan includes a focus on improving consumer trust,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Md. “Mary’s work helping counter negative perceptions and uniting diverse groups is exactly the type of experience and leadership we need to help us strengthen our relationship with customers and consumers.”
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